Advanced topics in Chinese linguistics. Subject emphasis varies from year to year. Offered: Sp.
This year (2006) the topic of the course is the Sino-Tibetan language family. We will cover the major branches and languages of Sino-Tibetan, the methodology and practice of the reconstruction of Proto-Sino-Tibetan, and the relationship between Sino-Tibetan and other Asian language families. Emphasis will be placed on the role of Old Chinese comparison in ST reconstruction.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course is a seminar. Students will be expected to report on readings and engage in directed discussion.
The prerequisite is CHIN 533 (Old Chinese) or familiarity with at least one Old Chinese reconstruction system.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly readings will be in both Chinese and English. Students will make written and/or oral reports. There will be a short final paper on an issue in Sino-Tibetan reconstruction or on a Tibeto-Burman language.
Class discussion, written assignments, and final paper. There may also be a final exam.